Cheat’s Watermelon Granita

I honestly thought I would need to keep this recipe in the bag for next year as surely this hot weather was going to end right? Wrong! Here we are in 30 degree heat and I have to say it is still not getting old for me. Having shared this super cooling Oolong and Cucumber Granita recipe, and my recipe for these Kiwi, Cucumber and Elderflower Ice Lollies, I wanted to do something using the refreshing power of watermelon.

This recipe was inspired by a delicious icy snack Mark and I had last year at a festival in Tokyo. It was a hot, sunny day in Yoyogi Park and we were spitting feathers for a cold drink. We happened upon a van selling this watermelon ice and snapped some up. The fresh watermelon flavour and ice cold granita-like texture was something I had to try to recreate – and it turned out to be easier than I thought!

Granita isn’t super tricky to make so a cheat version might sound a little redundant, but a traditional granita does require a bit of love and patience to make sure it doesn’t just freeze into a block. This watermelon version literally couldn’t be simpler – halve, freeze, flake, eat. I’ve topped mine with a bit of finely grated lime zest, but if that’s a step to far you can totally leave that out!

So here’s a recipe…such that it is…


  • Watermelon
  • Lime


1. Halve the watermelon and place in the freezer. You can freeze both if you’ve got the space or use the other half for a salad, snack etc.
2. Once frozen, use a fork to create flakes of frozen watermelon and serve into a bowl. Top with a sprinkle of finely grated lime zest and enjoy!

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